Arna Primitive Baptist Church, Atkinson County

Arna Primitive Baptist Church Cemetery Atkinson County GA Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2014

John Crowley writes: Arna is the correct spelling, although it was always pronounced “Arnie.” It was organized in 1888 and joined the Union Primitive Baptist Association. At one time in the early 1900s it had in excess of 100 members. The church finally disbanded in about 2005 or thereabouts.

Arna Primitive Baptist Church Atkinson County GA Side View Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2014

Arna is of a typical design for Primitive Baptist churches, especially of the “hardshell” variety, with doors on all sides and the primary entrance on the side. The large cemetery is the final resting place of many area pioneers.

Arna Primitive Baptist Church Atkinson County GA Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2014

Many historic graves can be found in the cemetery.

Baby's Grave Headstone Hand Pointing to Heaven Arna Baptist Church Cemetery Atkinson County GA Photogaph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2014

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6 responses to “Arna Primitive Baptist Church, Atkinson County

  1. Alot of my relatives are buried here. I can remember going to my great grandmother’s funeral in 1951. My Dad carried me out a side door under the pines. I was only 5 at the time. My great grandfather was James William Solomon.

  2. John Crowley

    Arna is the correct spelling, although it was always pronounced “Arnie.” It was organized in 1888 and joined the Union Primitive Baptist Association. At one time in the early 1900s it had in excess of 100 members. The church finally disbanded in about 2005. or thereabout. Elder Robert Skinner of Lakeland, GA was the last pastor.

  3. The infant’s grave was Lorena Mancil b. Dec. 18, 1881 d. Mar. 10, 1889, daughter of William M. Mancil and wife Elizabeth Dees. And the church really is spelled “Arna” (no “ie” at the end). Thank you for all your lovely photos! I’m enjoying this blog immensely. Hope you can continue to take photos inspite of the economic depression. God bless.

  4. Shirley Rose Glisson

    Charles Lockwood serves on the preservation board for this church. 912.310.0540

  5. Dena Vickers Cotti

    I think the correct name for this church is “Arnie Primitive Baptist Church”.

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